Progressive Conservatives in Alberta get together this weekend in Calgary to elect a new leader that could well determine the future of politics in the province.
Former Reform Party MP Jason Kenney is seeking the leadership against incumbent MLA Richard Starke and Calgary lawyer Byron Nelson at a convention featuring party delegates from around the province.
"One member, one vote allows one person to go out there and sell a lot of memberships and almost control things," explained Drumheller-Stettler PC President Mark Nikota. "I think the delegate system was brought back in to try and give a more fair voice to ridings that didn't have the amount of population."
Previous Tory leadership conventions have resulted in a third candidate coming through in the end when people couldn't choose between the front runners and Nikota admits that could happen this time.
"You get that preferential vote thing where you need over 50 per cent of the people. If the first person on the first vote doesn't get 50 per cent, the second and third, or however many are left, can gang up on them, so it can happen."
The first vote will be taken Saturday afternoon and the results should be know by supper time. If a second vote is required it will take place Saturday evening, so Nikota thinks it shoud all be decided that night, except for the issue of uniting the right with the Wildrose Party.
"It's fairly obvious that's Jason Kenney's plan, so I guess if he's the winner, I'm sure that'll be the main point of his victory speech," added Nikota. "If it's either Byron Nelson or Richard Starke then they'll be talking about renewal, so I don't think it's going to take very long for the direction to start bubbling to the surface."